Things to do in Middle Georgia: The Georgia Peach Festival (2018)

Hosted in Byron and Fort Valley, The Georgia Peach Festival (32nd edition) is once again gearing up to show why Georgia is known as the Peach State! The Fort Valley festival starts Friday, June 1st and runs through Saturday, June 2nd and the Byron festival will be held on Saturday, June 9th.

The Georgia Peach Festival is home to the “World’s Largest Peach Cobbler” made with 75 gallons of Georgia peaches, 150 pounds of self-rising flour, 150 pounds of sugar, 32 gallons of milk, and 90 pounds of butter. The colossal cobbler is 11 by 5 feet and 8 inches deep courtesy of peaches by Lane Southern Orchards  and Pearson Farms, and cobbler ingredients purchased by local sponsors. The giant cobbler is made in a brick oven constructed specifically for the festival in the parking lot of the Peach County Courthouse.

The Georgia Peach Festival
The festival truly does cater to everyone, evident by the vast array of events scheduled.  A few include:

  • 5K Road Race
  • Downtown/Farmers Markets
  • Fireworks
  • Historical Society Luncheon
  • Kids Activities
  • Live Entertainment
  • Miss Georgia Peach Announcement
  • Parade
  • Peach Eating Contest
  • Poker Run
  • Worlds Largest Peach Cobbler

The Georgia Peach Festival Details

Fort Valley Details:

When: Friday, June 1st – Saturday, June 2nd

Times:

Friday, June 1st:

  • 12pm: Byron Area Historical Society Festival Kickoff Luncheon
    • Byron United Methodist Church
    • Contact: Tickets from Marlene Humphrey, (478) 918-3666
  • 5pm: Helicopter Rides, Fort Valley Festival Park, $25 per Person
  • 6pm – 11pm: Georgia Peach Festival First Friday Kickoff & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    • Music by AJ the DJ
    • Local Artists Spotlight
  • 7pm – 7:30pm: Peach Line Dance
    • Dance Instructor Martha J. McAfee
    • Music by AJ the DJ
  • 8:30pm – 10pm: Family Foam Party
    • Wear Neon or White Clothes and Shoes

Saturday, June 2nd:

  • 7am: The Fort Valley Kiwanis Club
    • Pancakes at the Fort Valley United Methodist Church Fellowship Annex
    • Contact: Tickets from Rich Bennett, (478) 396-1015
  • 7:30am: One Mile Family Fun Walk
    • Starts at First Baptist Church, 209 Miller Street
  • 8am – 11am: Georgia Peach Festival Health & Wellness Expo
    • Austin Theater, 116 E. Main Street
    • Featuring Health Professionals, Information and Screenings
  • 9am: Festival Vendors Open
    • Festival Foods, Arts & Crafts Vendors, & Kid Zone
    • #Hashtag Selfie Station
    • Handlebars & Steering Wheels Roundup, Miller Street
    • Helicopter Rides, Fort Valley Festival Park, $25 per Person
  • 10am: The Georgia Peach Festival Parade
  • 11am: Intro of the Georgia Peach Festival Queens
  • 11am – 5pm: Music and Dance Performances
  • 11:30am: Fort Valley Historical Society Chicken Salad Luncheon
    • McArthur-Saxon House, 201 South Miller Street
    • Contact: Tickets from Connie Rainey, (678) 641-3838
  • 12pm: Reading in the Park at Fort Valley City Hall
    • Featuring Author Brenda Wilkerson, “Zipping Through the Alphabet”
    • Featuring Author Janice Fry, “Be On Your Way” and “Break Down These Walls”
  • 2pm: World’s Largest Peach Cobbler
    • Featuring Celebrity, “Chef Maurice,” “Chef Simone,” and Rick Bennett
  • 6pm: Georgia Peach Festival Free Concert
    • Featuring “The Class Act Band,” “Former 2016 Miss America Betty Cantrell,” and “The City Band”
  • 9:45pm: Georgia Peach Festival Spectacular Fireworks Show Extravaganza
  • 10pm: Finale of Concert Music

Sunday, June 3rd:

  • 4pm: Beautiful Sheriff’s Recital with Georgia Harp Ensemble

Location: 201 Oakland Heights Parkway, Fort Valley GA – Unless Otherwise Noted

Contact: The Troutman House, (478) 825-4002


Byron Details:

When: Saturday, June 9th

Time:

  • 3pm: Festival Vendors Open
    • Festival Foods and Arts & Crafts Vendors
    • Kid Zone with Georgia’s Largest Slide
    • #Hashtag Selfie Station
  • 3pm – 5pm: Music and Dance Performances
  • 6pm: Georgia Peach Festival Free Concert
    • Featuring “John Courson,” “John King,” and “Blair Matthews”
  • 9:45pm: Georgia Peach Festival Spectacular Fireworks Show Extravaganza
  • 10pm: Finale of Concert Music

Location: North Peach Park, White Road, Byron GA

Contact: The Troutman House, (478) 825-4002


The Georgia Peach Festival Event Details

Georgia Peach Festival Parade:

The Georgia Peach Festival Parade will assemble in the parking lot of The Boys & Girls Club at 9:30am and begin at 10am. The parade will feature marching units, floats, trucks, cars, and bands. There will also be an appearance by former Miss America Betty Cantrell.

When: Saturday, June 2nd

Time: 10am

Parade Route: The Boys & Girls Club parking lot at 500 Riley Avenue, proceed west on Riley, south on Koxville to Everett Square, east on College Street, north on Miller Street and west back to Riley Avenue

Contact: Michelle, gpfest@fortvalley.net, (478) 308-0577


Miss Georgia Peach Pageant:

The non-profit, Miss Georgia Peach Pageant is a contest staged each year in Fort Valley during the Georgia Peach Festival. The 2018 pageant was held on Saturday, March 17th at Fort Valley State University with only 15 contestants per age group ranging from 4 to 24 years. The pageant contestants compete for the titles Miss Georgia Peach, Teen Miss Peach, Junior Miss Peach, Little Miss Peach, and Tiny Miss Peach. The pageant queens serve as festival ambassadors attending all of the Georgia Peach Festival events in the Georgia Peach Festival Parade.

Contact: Miss Georgia Peach Pageant, missgapeachpageant@email.com, (478) 923-3846 or (478) 954-6819


Fort Valley Concert – The Class Act Band, The City Band, Kelsey Hollis and Betty Cantrell

The Fort Valley Concert will feature, The Class Act Band with vocals by 2018 Miss Georgia Peach Queen, Kesley Hollis, and former Miss America, Betty Cantrell. The Class Act Band is a homegrown smooth jazz and R&B band. The City Band from Atlanta will also be performing with their unique, high energy music. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn and beach chairs for a night of entertainment. There will be a 3D-fireworks show held at the end of the Fort Valley concert.

When: Saturday, June 10th

Time:

  • 6pm – 10pm

Admission: Free

Location: “Peach Beach”, Peach County Courthouse, Fort Valley GA


Byron Concert – John Courson, John King, and Blair Matthews

The Byron Concert will feature, Georgia Crown southern rock stylist guitarist and singer/songwriter, John Courson. Other talents include Georgia Crown country music singer/songwriter, John King, as well as Nashville country music recording artist/songwriter, Blair Matthews.  Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn and beach chairs for a night of entertainment. The finale 3D-fireworks show display will be at the end of the Byron concert.

When: Saturday, June 9th

Time:

  • 6pm – 10pm

Admission: Free

Location: North Peach Park, White Road, Byron GA

 


Georgia Peach Festival History

The Georgia Peach Festival began in 1986 to honor peach growers for their contribution to our state’s economy. Georgia ranks third in the nation for peach production with over half of the peach harvest cultivated in Peach County alone. The Georgia Peach Festival is split between Byron and Fort Valley every June and is the only state-sanctioned food festival.


The Georgia Peach Festival (2018)

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